Launch for origami picture book The Day We Went to the Park (Feb. 2020)
Handersen Publishing Announces February 2020 Publication of
Origami Picture Book The Day We Went to the Park
LINCOLN, Nebraska – Handersen Publishing, an independent children’s press, announces the upcoming release of the rhyming origami picture book The Day We Went to the Park by authors Linda Stephen and Christine Manno and illustrated by Linda Stephen. The book will be published in February 2020.
Book launch: Friday February 7, 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Francie & Finch Bookshop, 130 S. 13th St. Lincoln, NE
Art Exhibit “Holmes Lake Park in Origami”: February 1-29, Francie & Finch Bookshop, 130 S. 13th St. Lincoln, NE. Hours: M-F 10 a.m.-7:30 p.m. Sat 12-7 p.m. Closed Sundays.
The Day We Went to the Park takes the reader on a walk around a community park – exploring all there is to see, do and hear. Through rhyming verses and detailed origami paper sculptures, the story invites readers to observe, imagine and interact with some of the nature at the park including squirrels, ladybugs, pine trees, prairie flowers and a painted turtle. The origami illustrations featured in The Day We Went to the Park reflect the richly diverse communities in which we all live and include people of different ages, ethnicity, ability and gender.
The Day We Went to the Park features brilliant illustrations crafted from hundreds of handmade Japanese papers and more than 1,000 origami paper sculptures, and playful text that will engage and delight readers of all ages. An excellent tool for teachers of indoor or outdoor classrooms, librarians, and school counselors, The Day We Went to the Park supports lessons on nature, friendship, mindfulness and diversity. The Day We Went to the Park is a worthy addition to any classroom or library collection seeking to promote diversity and inclusion awareness through children’s literature. Book web site link: www.TheDayWeWentToThePark.com
Available from Ingram, at Handersen Publishing, or wherever books are sold. The hardback is $19.95, the paperback is $11.95, and the e-book is $4.99.
Hardback ISBN—978-1-647030-03-2 ($19.95)
Paperback ISBN—978-1-647030-02-5 ($11.95)
E-book ISBN—978-1-647030-04-9 ($4.99)
Publication Date: February 2020
Juvenile Fiction/Parks/Exploration/Outdoor Adventure
8.5” x 11”
About the Authors
Christine Manno is a university professor and diversity scholar whose research explores the workplace experiences of minorities and persons with disability. Formally trained as a secondary education teacher, Christine was also the founder & CEO of a K-12+ tutoring business that served students for more than 15 years. In her free time, she enjoys long walks on crisp days with her French bulldog, Miss Daizy.
Fluent in Japanese, Linda Stephen studied Japanese arts and worked for six years as a teacher and translator near Kyoto, Japan. She has served in communications on five continents for clients including United Nations’ agencies, international nonprofits, technology start-ups, and book publishers. While in New York, after 9/11, Linda was inspired to create origami sculptures and landscapes to celebrate the moments that we have.
About the Illustrator
Linda Stephen is an award-winning paper artist whose artworks are part of public and private collections around the world. Her origami landscapes have been featured in more than 150 juried exhibits across the country including the U.S. Botanic Garden in Washington, D.C. and the Museum of the Hudson Highlands in New York. Linda’s art medium is paper: Japanese handmade washi papers that she uses for background layering and origami sculptures. She teaches workshops on origami, Japanese culture and Japanese paper arts across the country. She is a member of OrigamiUSA and the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI). See a gallery at www.LindaStephen.com. Follow on Facebook @LindaStephenOrigamiArt and on Twitter @LindaOrigamiArt.
About Handersen Publishing
Handersen Publishing is a family-owned, independent press focused on creating engaging books for young readers. Founded in 2016 in Lincoln, Neb., Handersen works with authors and illustrators on four continents and publishes books in English, Spanish, Arabic, and Chinese. Since 2016, eight of their books have won national awards. Handersen is a member of the Independent Book Publishers Association. To learn about author events or to see their catalog of picture, early reader, middle grade and young adult books, visit www.HandersenPublishing.com or follow on Facebook, Twitter or YouTube.